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October 7, 2013

Windham school officials divided over facilities plan

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It also could spend something less and get another three years or replace the classrooms with a new $1.3 million facility next summer.

He estimated the cost at about $300,000 annually over five years, though the district also would have to pay about $77,000 owed on the current aging facility in the next three years.

Steel, meanwhile, raised the possibility of the district getting a two-story modular facility that could help with space needs.

Superintendent Winfried Feneberg, addressing concerns over moisture damage to the modular classrooms, told the board the district would continue testing to assure a safe environment for students.

“The portables are one piece of the puzzle,” Farrell said. “We are facing major capacity issues and we have to look at all our facilities.”

Senibaldi warned that by shifting attention to Golden Brook after pushing two years for a middle school, officials risked confusing voters.

“That jumping around really causes issues with the electorate,” Senibaldi said.

Feneberg acknowledged the difficult path before school officials.

“We have a situation where we have multiple issues that need to be resolved and there is no simple solution,” Feneberg said.

The board is expected to settle on a direction for Town Meeting during the next couple of months.

Baroni encouraged a decision on the Golden Brook proposal no later than next month to get the project done next summer.

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